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Jurassic Lake (Laguna Verde) Overview
Lago Strobel, or “Jurassic Lake” is certainly not a destination for everyone. It is located in the perhaps the world’s most desolate and harsh landscape in the absolute middle of nowhere…the Santa Cruz Province of Southern Argentina. Intrepid anglers willing to make the journey and deal with the harsh elements are rewarded with, without question, the most ridiculously amazing trophy rainbow trout fishing in the world!
What is Jurassic Lake..?
Jurassic Lake is located approximately 4.5 hours from the closest airport of El Calafate, Argentina. It is a massive lake stocked decades ago with rainbow trout that have evolved to enormous sizes feeding on the presence of huge scuds and baitfish. It is a one of a kind destination where the average sized rainbow weighs it at a solid ten pounds, and fish exceeding twenty pounds occur almost weekly. There is quite simply nothing like it.
The Fishing Program…
Guests at Laguna Verde enjoy the world class fishing on Jurassic as well as private access to another dozen smaller lakes on the property all loaded with huge rainbows. Estancia Laguna Verde operates a very sophisticated fishing program with the use of all terrain vehicles to access the rough landscape of the property. Although much of the fishing is concentrated on Lago Strobel, the other lakes on Estancia Laguna Verde also offer up great opportunities when Jurassic is too windy or for fishing dry flies in the evening. Their access to the Barrancoso River outlet on Jurassic is a tremendous bonus for anglers when fish congregate…often yielding excellent sight casting opportunities for these dinosaur sized bows.
Remote but Civilized…
Estancia Laguna Verde is the only traditional lodge on the lake. Whereas their competitors operate tent camps on the shores of the lake, guests at Laguna Verde enjoy all the amenities expected at a proper fishing lodge. The five bedroom (three singles and two shared) Estancia House sits on a small bluff overlooking Laguna Verde Lake. The accommodations are incredibly sophisticated given the remoteness of their location. In addition to spacious bedrooms with private baths, the lodge has a lovely dining room and bar, outdoor wooden deck, and a wader drying room. Although we recommend you bring your own equipment, the lodge also has a modest fly shop with some flies, leaders, waders, and fly rods, reels and lines available for purchase or rent.
The lodge is also equipped with wireless internet as well as satellite television and telephone. Meals are traditional Argentine with lots of beef, lamb, and of course asados (Argentine BBQ) and incredible wines from Mendoza, Nequen, and other popular wine growing regions of Argentina. The service, comfort level, equipment, vehicles, and organization of the Laguna Verde operation is on par with top tier lodges found anywhere…a real feat considering the logistical challenges of its remoteness.
Great Compliment to Tierra del Fuego…
When in Rome, eh? There are short commercial flights from El Calafate to Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) on Saturdays, allowing anglers to easily combine a trip to Jurassic with a week chasing sea-run Browns at one of our estancias on the Rio Grande.
Jurassic Lake (Laguna Verde)
This is the type of destination that comes around once in a lifetime. Estancia Laguna Verde is located in Southern Argentina, a few hundred miles north of Tierra del Fuego, yet completely in the middle of nowhere! It is extremely desolate and rugged country, way off of the beaten path. The closest airport is in El Calafate (population 6200), in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, and a 4.5 hour drive from the lodge. Although Santa Cruz is a popular tourist destination in Patagonia for adventurous tourists, the only reason to head out to Estancia Laguna Verde is for one reason only… the Biggest Rainbow Trout on the Planet.
Lago Strobel, also aptly known as “Jurassic Lake” is a 65 square kilometer lake that boasted a minimum of 25+ rainbows landed the last two seasons that were twenty pounds or bigger. The average sized trout landed at the Estancia the last two seasons was ten (10) pounds. Estancia Laguna Verde has virtually exclusive access to this incredible resource along with fifteen other smaller, yet impressive lakes, and two freestone rivers on their private property. With the lodge opening for business for the 2008/2009 season, we are very excited to “get in on the ground floor” with the development of this incredible fishery.
Jurassic Lake truly is something special… The “discovery” of Jurassic Lake and Estancia Laguna Verde is some of the biggest news to break in the angling world… ever. This is a fishery that has quickly earned its reputation as the most prolific Rainbow Trout fishery on earth.
Six Month Season
Unlike steelhead or sea-run brown fishing, where anglers consider a couple of fish landed per week a success, Lago Strobel and the surrounding lakes and rivers offer a six month season (November – April) for uneducated and cooperative rainbows. Estancia Laguna Verde operates an elaborate program using trucks, four wheelers, and boats to access all the “coasts” of Logo Strobel as well as fifteen smaller lakes on the ranch.
The Smaller Lakes & the Barrancoso River
The smaller lakes are not to be overlooked as they offer an incredible alternative to Jurassic when it is super windy or you want some nice dry fly fishing in the evenings. The Estancia house overlooks Lago Verde, which is chalk full of 5-10 pound rainbows, and is a great spot to fish unguided following a day on Jurassic if you have not had enough. One of the lakes is affectionately known as “Lago Tejas” after Dr. Dan Bolin of Texas brought his kick tube down and tagged nearly one hundred rainbows one afternoon! In addition to the lake fishing, the Barrancoso and Moro Rivers offer traditional freestone river trout fishing often with dry flies during the early and late season.
All of the different fisheries offer an average sized rainbow trout of ten pounds! The lodge also has access to “Monster’s Bay” on Lago Stobel, which is considered the best fishing on the lake. All of the fishing is reached within 10-30 minutes by truck and/or four wheelers. It can be VERY windy in this part of the world, however the lake is situated where it is easy to find wind at your back. Anglers need to be prepared for windy conditions and some physical hiking involved with a full day on Jurassic.
The fishing program is very civilized, yet the schedule is quintessentially Argentine. Reasonable wake up calls, long days on the water, a siesta and late lunch, and a 10:00PM (at the earliest) dinner are part of the typical day. When fishing the smaller lakes and rivers, anglers usually return to the Estancia for lunch and a siesta, while Jurassic Lake anglers spend the entire day away from the lodge. Lunch is taken at a lakeside cabin.
Eight or nine weight rods and a combination of floating and sinking lines are required for landing these monster bows in the lakes, while 5-7 weight rods can be used in the rivers if preferred. Spey or two handed casters also enjoy the wide open space and the opportunity to make long casts on the lake as well.
The five bedroom (three singles and two shared) Estancia House sits on a small bluff overlooking Laguna Verde Lake. The accommodations are incredibly sophisticated given the remoteness of their location. In addition to spacious bedrooms with private baths, the lodge has a lovely dining room and bar, outdoor wooden deck, and a wader drying room. Although we recommend you bring your own equipment, the lodge also has a modest fly shop with some flies, leaders, waders, and fly rods, reels and lines available for purchase or rent.
The facility is also equipped with wireless internet as well as satellite television and telephone. Meals are traditional Argentine with lots of beef, lamb, and of course asados (Argentine BBQ) and incredible wines from Mendoza, Nequen, and other popular wine growing regions of Argentina. The service, comfort level, equipment, vehicles, and organization of the Laguna Verde operation is on par with top tier lodges found anywhere…a real feat considering the logistical challenges of its remoteness.
7-8 Guests Per Week Maximum
Fishermen fly direct to Buenos Aires, Argentina from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, or New York on an overnight flight arriving the following morning. Anglers must arrive into El Calafate the Friday night prior to the Saturday ground transfer to the lodge.
Many clients elect to spend one night in Buenos Aires prior to heading south the following morning with Aerolineas Argentina or Lan Airlines. This is a great way to break up the two legs of the journey, do some sightseeing, and recharge your batteries. We of course facilitate your stay at one of our recommended hotels in Buenos Aires.
Tailwaters uses a very reliable customs assistance and chauffeur service in Buenos Aires that operates comfortable, air-conditioned vans. Our staff of drivers make sure you are properly checked in for your two-hour domestic flight to El Calafate. Once in Calafate, anglers spend one night in a local hotel and are met by a representative from Laguna Verde on Saturday morning and driven approximately 4.5 hours to the lodge.
Specific Travel Schedule for Jurassic Lake
Estancia Laguna Verde operates on a Saturday - Saturday weekly itinerary. However, GUESTS MUST PLAN ON SPENDING THE FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE THEIR SATURDAY TRANSFER TO THE LODGE IN CALAFATE. Travel to El Calafate (FTE) can easily be accomplished in one day with a connection in Buenos Aires. We will arrange for overnight accommodation in Calafate.
Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina on evening overnight flight. (Exact Flight Itinerary TBD)
Arrive Buenos Aires (EZE) mid-morning on flight from USA.
Upon arrival in the terminal at the airport in Buenos Aires, you will enter the immigration line for all non-citizens. You will be asked to present your passport and pay an arrival tax / “reciprocity fee” of $131 in order to gain entry to Argentina. Be prepared to pay this fee in cash or with a credit card.
Depending on the security measures enacted on that particular day your drivers will be awaiting your group just beyond the immigrations counter holding a sign with your name on it. If you don’t immediately find your escorts, don’t worry they will find you! If security is tight that day, then simply collect your baggage from the baggage claim and proceed through the baggage claim through the signs that read “Salida” or exit to the main terminal. Here you will find your escorts. Again, they will be holding a sign that reads your name.
Tailwaters has professional tour guides and speak perfect English. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about Buenos Aires and Argentina. They are very friendly and extremely informative. You will then be escorted by van and transported approximately two hours across town to the domestic airport (AEP) and your connecting flight to El Calafate. Depending on your itinerary, there is usually time for lunch and a brief tour of Buenos Aires before pushing southward.
Note: There are often domestic flights to Calafate from the international airport (EZE). It may be possible to have a straight connection in Buenos Aires without switching airports.
Depart Buenos Aires (EZE) on afternoon flight to Calafate with Aerolineas of Lan Airlines
Arrive Calafate (FTE) ANYTIME
Upon arrival in El Calafate, you will be escorted to a local hotel for overnight.
You will be met at your hotel and driven approximately five (5) hours to Estancia Laguna Verde. The lodge is located 200 miles from Calafate. The road(Highway 40) is paved with comfortable asphalt for 170 miles prior to changing routes at Cardiel Lake. The remaining thirty miles are through private ranch roads, and the last 13km of the trip is painfully slow as the driver must negotiate volcanic rock on the road. There is no guided fishing on arrival day, however guests are welcome and encouraged to string up a rod and go fishing in Lago Verde in front of the lodge time permitting. Overnight at Estancia Laguna Verde.
Sunday - Friday
Enjoy six full days of guided fishing on Jurassic Lake as well as other lakes on the property with continued overnight at Estancia Laguna Verde.
A typical day will start with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. You will be fishing around 8:30 a.m. after a 30-45 minute drive to the fishing area for the day. Lago Strobel is located approximately thirty minutes from the lodge (20 minutes by truck and 10 minutes by four track). It is a beautiful ride down the Barranosco Valley to the caldera rim and a steep descent to the lake.
When fishing Jurassic Lake and the lower Barranosco River you will break for lunch and a siesta at 1:00 p.m. at the cabin near monster bay. If fishing other lakes or streams on the Estancia, you have the choice of going back to the lodge or eating lunch by the river or lake. There will be a coffee-snack break at 4:30 p.m. and then fishing until the end of the day. Dinner will be served around 10:00 p.m. This is the standard dinner time in Argentina. Anglers will fish two to a guide.
You will be driven back to the airport in Calafate and assisted through check-in for your flight to Buenos Aires.
Depart Calafate on afternoon Aerolineas Argentina flight to Buenos Aires
A mid-morning charter flight returns anglers to Mahe with ample time for connection with Air Seychelles flight back to London or Paris usually departing around 10:00PM.
Arrive Buenos Aires (AEP or EZE)
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will follow a similar procedure awaiting for your escorts and ground transfer back to the International Airport. They will once again find you in the baggage claim area or just beyond the baggage claim in the main terminal. They will be holding a sign with your name on it. Travelers will then be transferred back to the International Airport, assisted through all the security and check-in procedure and issued boarding passes.
Depart Buenos Aires (EZE) on evening “red-eye” flight to the USA
Arrive USA (early AM next day arrival)
4 Night / 3 Day Itinerary – Perfect Combination with Tierra del Fuego
Shorter week itineraries are available at Jurassic on a case by case basis. However, the lodge prefers to operate the 4 night / 3 day trips Saturday – Wednesday or Tuesday – Saturday. The 4 night trips are a wonderful add-on to compliment a full week at one of our incredible sea-run brown operations in Tierra del Fuego. Please ask for details.
When to Go
Estancia Laguna Verde enjoys a wonderfully long season from November – April. The there is really no “best” time to partake in the lake fishing, as it fishes consistently for the six months the lodge is open. Those interested in the river fishing should concentrate their efforts in the November/December/January and March/April time frames…and full week trips are encouraged during this time.
As with all low latitude, mountainous regions, weather in the Argentine Patagonia is very unpredictable. Jurassic Lake is near Tierra del Fuego, the end of the South American Continent. Although warmer days can occur during the height of summer, anglers should come prepared for temperatures ranging from 30-80 degrees nearly all season long. Fishing conditions are frequently very windy (unless you’re lucky), rain can occur at any time, and temperature variations are significant no matter the month you visit.
(based on shared room/guide)
4 Night / 3 Day Program
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7 Night / 6 Day Program
$5200 per angler
Guided fishing; Meals; All beverages including Argentine wines and cocktails; Ground transportation to/from Calafate, Argentina; Fishing Licenses.
What's Not Included
Airfare to/from Buenos Aires, Argentina and onward to Calafate; Overnight at El Rincon Hotel in Calafate Friday night before transfer to the lodge; Ground transfers, meals, all services and accommodations in Buenos Aires; Use of fishing equipment; Staff and Guide gratuity; Airport departure taxes (approximately $25 US); Phone calls and other items of personal nature.
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Laguna Verde’s policy follows: A non-refundable fifty percent deposit is due at the time of booking to confirm all reservations. Full payments are required at 60 days from departure. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.
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Although fishing is the predominant activity at Estancia Laguna Verde, the lodge can assist us organize several adventurous non-angling activities in the Calafate area. Calafate is a very popular area for touring nearby glaciers by helicopter, four wheel drive tours, as well as a hotbed for bird watchers. The famous Santa Cruz River is also within reasonable driving distance for those who are interested in this new and exciting Steelhead fishery.